Tuesday, March 3, 2015

F1 Hotel Manila: A Family Staycation in BGC + F1 Hotel StaycationGiveaway

Just a few more weeks and summer will soon be upon us.  Of course no one is complaining! Summer is all about sleeping in, eating, reading in bed, movie marathons for the kids and their dad, cooking and baking marathons for the kids and me... We love summer!

If your family is not planning to go anywhere for the summer, it's great to know that there are many options for a staycation around Manila. Staycation shouldn't really always equate to a long drive all the way to an out of town destination, especially since there are nice hotels such as F1 Hotel Manila right in the center of BGC.

When my family and I were invited for a staycation at F1 Hotel a few weeks ago, I just know this is the kind of staycation that my husband would love! C was looking forward that it was located within the city, and he doesn't have to drive half a day to get there. hahaha!:)

This staycation was actually the idea of  Jane Go, one of my IG friends, who invited me and some of our other mommy blogger friends for a meet-up so we could all finally chikka in person.  Ang bongga lang ng meet-up noh... staycation! Thanks, Jane! Thanks F1 Hotel!

I just know that you will love your very own staycation at F1 Hotel, so be sure to read until the very end of this post to know the BIG SURPRISE that I have for YOU!

"F1 Hotel Manila is not just your perfect place to stay at BGC. 

It is your home of happy experiences."

F1 Hotel Manila is the first hotel to open at Bonifacio Global City, where everything is almost just walking distance away. S&R, Bonifacio High Street Cinema and Mall with dozens of boutiques and restaurants, too. F1 Hotel puts you at the center of where the action is.

Here we are at the Premier Lounge upon our arrival.
Because C was not too tired from the drive, I was even able to ask him to join me for a photo. hahaha!  He loves the idea of a staycation within the city.

Premier Lounge
Because we were booked at the Fort Suite, we had our private check-in at the Premier Lounge located on the hotel’s 5th floor.

My family was warmly welcomed by Twinkle Lacsamana, F1 Hotel Marketing Manager; Jane Go of Sugar and Spice; and Pau Esmedilla, F1 Hotel Marketing Coordinator.

Jane and I have been IG friends for some time now, and although we haven't previously met in person, I feel like I know her already even before we saw each other face to face.  Her IG feed is so tongue-in-cheek, and I like that we both love our respective families so much, and both our worlds revolve around them. 

Facilities and services exclusive to Premier Lounge guests include access to the private library, use of computer, complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails served daily. The Premier Lounge is available for all Suite guests and for long-staying guests from 3:00pm to 6:00pm every day.

Here's what waited for us at the Premier Lounge:

*All photos without watermark belong to Jane Go.

The Fort Suite

The Fort Suite we stayed in was perfect for my family of 5. The Fort Suite is a one-bedroom suite with a living room. The couch can be converted into a bed that 's good for 2 people.

F1 Hotel has 243 stylish guest rooms with 3 room categories - Deluxe Rooms, City Suite and Fort Suite, to give guests a luxurious experience.

Deluxe Room : Php9,000
City Suite: Php10,200
Fort Suite: Php12,600
(published rates)

All rooms are well appointed and include a choice of king or double bed. Each room is equipped with an individually controlled air conditioning system, a minimum of 2 line NDD/IDD access telephones, work desk with internet ports, electronic safe, coffee & tea - making facility, LCD TV, iPod dock with radio and alarm, and walk-in shower.

The master bedroom where C and I stayed

The living room with the couch converted into a bed. They added another bed for the little man to make sure that everyone has a comfortable sleep.

The mini bar comes with an adjacent sitting area, too.

The fruit platter waiting for us in our room.

F All-Day Dining

Come lunch time, we all met at the 3rd level all-day dining restaurant called “F” which serves both ala carte and buffet. Using only the freshest ingredients expertly prepared by the hotel's chefs, our dining experience there was certainly something we couldn't forget.

One of the things I really look forward to in every buffet spread is the sushi/sashimi selection. F1 does not disappoint in this aspect. 

Here's My Mom Friday and her son checking out the buffet spread.

The Ebi Tempura was really good. Although the shrimps were not that big, but the batter was so light and tasty. One of the best I've ever tasted. Promise!

What stood out for me is their Mongolian BBQ buffet station.  At the onset, it looks just like any other Mongolian BBQ....

But when they serve it to you, it is beautifully plated!

Here's one more from the Mongolian BBQ station...

I appreciate it when servers are mindful even of the tiniest of details. I did not have to tell our waiter that I prefer my water lukewarm; after my initial request, that's all he served me. 

For my kids, the star of the lunch buffet is the candy bar!  

The li'l man was beyond happy that the buffet had a donut station.  He decorated as much donuts as his tummy could tolerate.

Because no lunch is complete without chikka, all the moms stayed behind after lunch, while the dads and the kids went up to the rooms to rest. 
Here's our entire group of mommies, together with Twinkle and Pau of F1 Hotel. Jane Go of Sugar & Spice, Michelle Lim of My Mom-FridayCai Sio of Apples & DumplingsPam Siao of Green Lunch Diaries.

Swimming Pool

F1 Hotel Manila has 3 different pools. Toddlers can enjoy the kiddie pool.

while families with children can find the perfect spot in the family pool
there's the lap pool for serious swimmers, where my kids swam laps. Seriously, because they still had to train even during our staycation. haha!

There's actually some fun squeezed in, too! Just ask the li'l man with the widest grin!

Canary Lounge BBQ Dinner

Just right beside the pool area is the Canary Lounge where mommies and daddies can have afternoon drinks and snacks while the kids are swimming.

This is also where we had our BBQ dinner under the stars.


F1 Hotel certainly spoiled us during our stay.  The mamas were all given a super relaxing massage. I scheduled my massage after dinner so I can sleep better and and feel fresh for the next day.

I scheduled for a late-night relaxing massage with Michelle, thinking all along that we had a room all to ourselves.  Yun pala, they only had one room, for couples pa! Teehee!  It's a good thing I know her, and so we proceeded with our massage... with matching chikka, of course!

Breakfast Choices

We had our breakfast at F the next day. The food outlet is not the biggest, but what it lacks in space, it certainly made up for in terms of flavor. Almost everything I tasted was really good. Just let my photos do the talking for me.

The li'l man's plate is full of his cholesterol-laden favorites!

Being the home-chef that I truly am, I usually transform the buffet into my personal pantry, getting ingredients from each station to make a dish that is not on the spread.  Here I am with my chicken noodle soup.

I cannot resist the lure of freshly-made pancakes. I had two servings... eeep!

This is one of our best-est staycations to date! Here's why:

1. The location of the hotel is perfect- it is right in the middle of BGC. Movies and malls are perfect for my teen. And the Phenomenal Papa appreciated that he didn't have to drive over an hour to get here.

2. The room is big enough to accomodate my family of 5. The 2 flat screen TV ensures no fighting between my two younger ones.

3. My kids love that there are 3 pools in the hotel, and that they can swim laps without any interruptions in the lap pool.

4. The candy bar, the Do-It-Yourself donut station and pancake station are such hits with my kids.

5. I got the chance to spend time with some of my fave mom-bloggers. Great bonus, too, that our husbands got along well with each other!

F1 Hotel Manila

32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City
928.9888 / 908.7888 | inquiry@f1hotelsandresorts.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/f1hotelmanila

F1 regularly has promos that are super sulit.  Thiey put a whole new spin on the Easter  Adventure with their Easter Sports Camp.  P899 only and kids below 2 years old are free of charge.


Because I had such a happy experience at F1 Hotel Manila, I want you to be able to experience it, too! 

The Phenomenal Mama is giving away one (1) F1 Hotel Overnight Staycation package in a Deluxe Room with buffet breakfast for two (2) to one of you, my dear readers!

Thank you to Twinkle Lacsamana and Pau Esmedilla of F1 Hotel Manila for sponsoring this giveaway!

How To Join:



a. Like F1 Hotel and The Phenomenal Mama in Facebook. 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/f1hotelmanila
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thephenomenalmama

b. After liking, share the F1 Hotel Staycation Giveaway photo found on my FB page with the caption:  (Do not forget to tag The Phenomenal Mama and 2 of your FB friends.)

"@friend1 @friend2 Let's staycation in @F1hotelmanila!!!  @ThePhenomenalMama



a. Follow F1 Hotel and The Phenomenal Mama in Instagram
Instagram: @f1hotelmanila
Instagram: @thephenomenalmama

b. After following, regram the F1 Hotel Staycation giveaway photo found in my IG feed with the caption: :
"@friend1 @friend2 Let's staycation in @F1hotelmanila!!!  @ThePhenomenalMama 

Do not forget to tag The Phenomenal Mama and 2 of your IG friends.

A photo posted by The Phenomenal Mama (@thephenomenalmama) on



a. Follow F1 Hotel and The Phenomenal Mama in Twitter
Twitter: @F1HotelManila
Twitter: @phenomenalmama

b. After following, tweet this message and tag the names of 2 of your Twitter friends :
"@friend1 @friend2 Let's staycation in @F1hotelmanila!!!  @ThePhenomenalMama 

4. Once you are done with ALL three steps, write in the comment section below:

a. Facebook name 
b. IG handle name 
c. Twitter account name
d. Your name and email so I can contact you in case you win

Last day to join is on March 15, 2015, 12 midnight!

Metro Manila residents only. Winner should be willing to meet up so I can personally hand over the hotel voucher.

Thank You to everyone who joined my #TPMxF1HotelStaycationGiveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS to the lucky winner,
May De Jesus-Palacpac!!!

Winner will receive a voucher from F1 Hotel which will entitle the bearer to an Overnight Stay in a Deluxe Room with buffet breakfast for two (2) at F1 Hotel BGC Manila, with free use of the pool and gym facilities. Voucher is valid until January 16, 2014 and must be presented upon check-in.